Team roping, the only true team event in professional rodeo, requires close cooperation and timing between two highly skilled ropers - a header and a heeler.
The event originated on ranches when cowboys needed to treat or brand large steers and the task proved too difficult for one man.
The key to success is hard work and endless practices. Team roping partners must perfect their timing, both as a team and with their horses.
Similar to calf ropers and steer wrestlers, team ropers start from boxes on each side of the chute from which the steer enters the arena. The steer gets a head start determined by the length of the arena. The header ropes first. After the header makes his catch, the heeler then attempts to rope both hind legs.